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Image conscious

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This lesson plan for teachers of teenagers at intermediate level and above explores the theme of tattoos. Students will design a tattoo and have a chance to discuss ideas about responsibility.


This lesson asks students to discuss ways of changing their image before reading an informative article about tattoos. They then design a new image for a client of their company and then for themselves before discussing at what age they should be allowed to take certain decisions. The themes are image-consciousness and personal choice.


Image consciousness/changing your look




Intermediate and above


60-90 mins


  • To develop students’ ability to communicate their opinion on and reaction to a text
  • To develop students’ ability to negotiate in a group and work as a team
  • To develop students’ ability to defend their position in a conflictive situation
  • To expand students’ vocabulary on the modern-day topic of image


Lesson plan: guide for teacher on procedure including worksheet tasks and answers to tasks.

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Worksheets: exercises which can be printed out for use in class. The worksheet contains:

  • A warmer activity
  • A text about tattoos with pre- and post-reading questions
  • A teamwork role-play activity set in a company
  • A pairwork speaking activity
  • A family role-play activity with role cards
  • A discussion task

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Language Level: 
Intermediate: B1